Blown transformers caused a string of fires in downtown Minot Friday afternoon.
Minot Fire Chief Kelli Kronschnabel says at least two transformers blew within about a half-mile stretch. Businesses in the area were evacuated immediately.
The fire began at about 2 p.m. across the street from Ebeneezer’s on Central Avenue. Some spectators say power was out in the area for about 45 minutes, while others say they have no power as of 3 p.m.
Crews will be there for “quite a while” according to Kronschnabel, and the intersection at Central Avenue and 3rd Street will remain closed as an electric pole is compromised and must be monitored.
Canadian-Pacific train traffic was also stopped as a powerline is down there, as well.
Minot Fire and Police Departments, SRT, Public Works and Xcel Energy are all on scene.
No injuries were reported.